In America, students do not lose their constitutional rights “at the schoolhouse gate.” Unfortunately, schools continue to demonstrate a disturbing willingness to abridge students’ rights.
In a case from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a then 14-year-old student and cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School in Pennsylvania, posted on the social media platform, Snapchat. One of her cheerleading coaches saw the post, which used an expletive, and suspended her from the team for a year – even though she had posted on a weekend and off school property. We argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that public school students should have the right to freely express themselves when they are off campus and away from school activities. We won this case on June 23rd.
While you probably shouldn't bring this to school, thanks to our victory, the government definitely can't punish you for posting it to your Snapchat.
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